Pearl of Wisdom

'Ibn Abi al-'Awja' once came to Abu 'Abdillah [al-Sadiq] (AS) and asked, 'Is it not true that you claim that Allah is the Creator of all things?' to which Abu 'Abdillah (AS) replied, 'Yes.' So he retorted, 'I create!' So the Imam asked him, 'How do you create?!' He replied, 'I defecate in a place, then wait for it, and it becomes a creature, which I have created!' So Abu 'Abdillah (AS) said, 'Is it not true that the creator of something should know what he has created?' to which he replied yes. Imam continued, 'Well do you know the female from the male [of what you have supposedly created], and do you know its lifespan?' to which he had no answer.'

Imam Ja'far ibn Muhammad al-Sadiq [as]
al-Tawhid, p. 295, no. 5

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Question : #286 Category: Shia Sunni Dialogue
Subject: combing of prayers by the Shia
Question: Why do Shiites combine their prayers? Is it permissible to do so?
Answer: It is permissible to combine Zuhr and Asr prayers and to perform them separately as it is permissible in both manners. It is narrated that the Holy Prophet of Islam (pbuh) offered his prayers in both combined as well separate manners. He combined his prayers without being in an urgent situation like war or storm.
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Every prayer as 'awaal waqat' (starting time) and 'akhir waqat' (ending time). It is always better to perform the prayer during the starting time, rather at the end. Since the time of Asar prayer start soon after the start of the Zohr prayers, the Shias perform the Asar prayer during the 'awaal waqat' (starting time), rather than the ending time.

Performing any prayer during the starting time is more desirable than the later time, as the later time is kept for the people who cannot prayer during the beginning due to various factors.

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